Last Friday was the opening reception for my show at the 567 Center for Renewal in Macon GA. Beth did a wonderful job of hanging the show and I met so many great people!! I'm also very, VERY grateful that the opening of my show happen to be in between the 2 snow storms that hit Georgia! Talk about good timing.
Anyway, we arrived the day before to deliver the work and hang it, although Beth had most of it done by the time we were available to help - she's amazing! She also fed us that night. We had a lovely time hanging out with her and her hubby. Friday we spent the day exploring Macon. We found more artsy stuff, antique shops, lamps, great pizza, an eclectic paper store, lamps, neat architecture, more lamps, a really cool toy shop where we found a chunky puzzle for our grandson, banana bread beer.......
really, banana bread beer, and it was good.
Not kidding about the lamps. There's something about Macon. We pulled into one parking lot because we saw a sign that said "art". It looked like it would be an art gallery but in the windows all you could see were lamps. We walked inside and it was full of paintings and reproductions and lamps - table lamps all over the place. Every style and size you can imagine. Later when we went to the pizza place, where we had the banana beer, what did we see hanging from the ceiling? Lamps. The whole ceiling was covered with lamps and chandeliers. Strange.
Anyway, back to art. Here I am with Beth Smith, curator at the 567.
After spending the evening with the friendly folks who came by the reception, we walked around the block to the Contemporary Arts Exchange. What a hoot! This place is an old building where part of it is left un-renovated and the city leases rooms to artists to use as studios. During the First Friday Art Walk they open the building and it's party time. Kids are running around the halls, artists are hanging out, a band is playing downstairs, there are buckets with ice and beer, and tables with wine. If I lived in the area I would definitely have a studio there.
Earlier in the day we visited the Macon Arts Alliance gallery. It's a beautiful space and I'm happy to say that when my show at the 567 is over at the end of February, my work will then be included at the Arts Alliance gallery so this little Macon/Ocala art connection will continue. Yay!